Gentleman, David: Somerset – Shell County Guide Poster – SOLD


A charming, colourful and creative poster intended to capture the character of the county and its distinctive features which are then identified in the key at the lower left. It’s one of a series of ‘Shell County Guides’ issued by Shell-Mex and B.P. in 1960-61, who commissioned many of the popular artists of the day to undertake the illustrations. It’s printed on high quality gloss paper and is complete with  metal strips at top and bottom and a hanging loop for display.

More images can be provided on request.

Artist: David Gentleman, born 1930

Title and date: Somerset County Guide

Size: 73.7 x 50.8 cms.

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Artist description:

An illustrator, designer and engraver who was born in Brentford. He studied first at St. Alban’s School of Art between 1947 and 1948 and attended the Royal College of Art from 1950 where he was tutored by some of the finest artists of the time, including John Nash, Edward Bawden and Reynolds Stone. Lithography became his medium of choice and he has since worked on projects as diverse as designs for postage stamps and wine labels to the hundred metre long panels at Charing Cross Station. Other major commissions include work for Shell, Penguin Books and the National Trust. Gentleman has illustrated and written several books including the eponymous David ‘Gentleman’s Britain’ and ‘David Gentleman’s London’. His work is represented in Tate Britain, the British Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.